Working Class Man, by Jimmy Barnes
Published 2017. 490 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
An interesting and uplifting read from Jimmy Barnes. It’s a sequel to “Working Class Boy” but you don’t need to have read it to appreciate “Working Class Man”, although some knowledge of Jimmy’s early background would be useful.
It’s a fascinating read into the Australian rock and pub band scene from the 70’s and beyond. Interwoven are many famous names of Australian music which shows how much musicians network throughout their careers.
You can feel Jimmy’s pain as he struggles with drugs, alcohol, family pressure and the gruelling touring. At the end there is Jimmy’s recovery with the help of his ever supporting family, his friends and his dogs.
“Working Class Man” is a fascinating insight into the behind the scenes of being famous, with a happy ending. A great read and excellent book. Highly recommended.